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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THI UTHMIDOI HHtAlD - Monday, March 77, 1971 LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. See yor doctor now if swallowing painful Dear Dr. Lamb - I am 72 years old and have pain in my chest when I swallow my food. It doesn't want to go down. I had an x-ray a few yean ago and was told I have enlarging of the heart. My doctor said not to worry because as you get older the heart tends to get a little larger. My doctor has passed away and I can't get a doctor, so I need an answer. 1 would like to know what that pain is if possible. Dear Reader -The difficulty you are having in swallowing food is probably not related to your heart in any way. It is more likely caused by some mechanical obstruction in the esophagus, the digestive tube passing from the back of the throat to the stomach. Sometimes mechanical problems are caused by spasm or cramping of the muscles in the esophagus. Muscle cramps can close the opening and cause food to lodge in the middle of the chest. Other times a mechanical obstruction is caused by a growth. This last reason is why I would urge you to see a doctor as soon as possible and have a careful x-ray examination made during swallowing. Do not put this off. Anyone who has die sensation of food lodging in his chest should see a doctor as soon as possible. *   Dear Dr. Lamb - My doctor tells me that hormone shots are good for arthritis. He has been giving me one a month. Is it possible they will cause me to have a heart attack? This has been on my mind and I would like an honest answer. Dear Reader - Probably not. If your doctor is giving you estrogen, the female hormone, actually it offers some protection against having a heart attack. Heart and artery disease develop in women after the change in life because of the absence of the female hormone. This is one of (be reasons why men are more prone to heart disease. The male hormone appears to increase the probability of vascular disease to some extent. It does make a difference which hormone your doctor is giving you. Then, on course, there are the hormones from the adrenal glands which are sometimes used in arthritis, but usually these are not given just once a month, so I assume this is not what you are taking. The next time you see your doctor why don't you ask him to test your blood for cholesterol content If your cholesterol is high it may have no relationship to the hormones but it would indicate that you should be a little more careful about your diet. Frankly, I think all persons should try to regulate their diet in such a way as to prevent heart disease. This means limiting the amount of fat intake, particularly saturated fats like those found in meats, using more vegetables, fruit, uncreamed cottage cheese, nonfat dry milk powder and avoiding large amounts of cholesterol which are found in egg yolks and organ meats like the brain. Pacifiers reduce thumb-sucking CHICAGO (AP) - A University of Toronto dental researcher says infants who are given pacifiers after weaning are less likely to suck their thumbs than babies who are denied pacifiers or given teething rings. Dr. Frank Popovich, associate professor of dentistry at the university, presented his findings to a session of the International Association for Dental Research. His paper, based: on a study of 1,258 youngsters, showed that 40 per cent sucked their thumbs but that only 13 per cent of the youngsters who were given pacifiers had this habit. Popovich said the study also showed that youngsters most prone to thumbsucking are from large families, children of professional men or executives, and those who have a longer weaning period. He said thumbsucking was associated with an increase in malocclusion, or faulty bite. He said, however, the prevalance of malocclusion was no higher than normal in children who stopped thumbsucking before age six. This is because only the front teeth are displaced by the sucking habit at this age, while the entire upper jaw is affected if the habit persists beyond age six, Popovich said. GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN (6 Wit Bf TJw CMcjjo Trlgimtl INSWERS TO BRIDGE QUIZ Q.1 - Neither vulnerable. Is South you hold: * Past t V Pass ? What do you bid now? A.-Three hearts. The alternate fcld of three diamonds is not recommended, for It will Induce partner to contract for three no trump with but a single spada �topper on some hands which wilt play better at four hearts. Queen nd one constitutes adequata trump support {or a rebld suit. Q.z - Neither vulnerable, As South you hold: US OAKJ107 *AKQ8S The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 10 t Pass Pass t What do you bid now? A.-This Is a choice between a rtopening double and a Jump trt clubs. Our choice favors the latter call. For the hand to play satis, factorily In spades, partner would have to be able to bid tho suit tt hit own volition. Q. 3-East-West vulnerable, and as South you hold: *KQJS3 Pass 2 0 Pass 3 4 Pass tj 4 Pass 7 What do yon bid now? A.-Five hearts. With a goo� fit established In clubs, a small slam becomes a suro thing, and seven Is  distinct possibility. Partner Is marked with four clubs and. since he rebld diamonds first, at least six tn that suit. If his hand Is spade x, heart x, diamond* A K xxxxx, clubs, A Q xx, your cue of hearts should Induce him to contract for all the tricks. Q. 8-Both vulnerable, as South you hold: 4M gaze directly at their faces. Unconsciously we take this deference for granted. Perhaps this explains why a snake's unblinking stare gives many people the shivers. It also might explain why many people dislike cats. Though Miss Puss has blinkable eyelids, she stubbornly refuses to let any mere human being stare her down. A snake, however, does not go in for staring contests. His eyelids are transparent and" sealed shut. He cannot blink or close his eyes even if he tries. Govt, control of Home Oil 'dangerous' EDMONTON (CP) - The suggestion by the federal gov-ernmnt that it possibly acquire the controlling shares of Home Oil Ltd. through the proposed Canada Development Crop., is a dangerous and undesirable precedent, the Alberta Progressive- Conservative party said here. A statement signed by party leader Peter Lougheed said the party is interested in keeping ownership control of Home Oil in the hands of Canadian investors if practical. "We do not and will not support government ownership or nationalization of natural resource companies," the statement said. Mr. Lougheed said if the Canadian and Alberta governments "are unable within a reasonable time to help develop an equally favorable proposal from private Canadian invest ors, then no roadblock should be placed in the path of a shareholder in selling to an investor anywhere in the world on the best terms he can obtain." Any other position would involve an undesirable degree of government interference in our free enterprise system, he said. New method nt predicting sex of babies LONDON (AP) - British medical researchers said today the discovery that human male chromosomes can be made to glow enables them to predict the sex of unborn babies. Tests by Population Genetic Research scientists of the British Medical Re-search Council predicted correctly that of 19 expectant mothers tested, 14 would have girls and five boys. The snakes are the earth's most recent reptiles. Their ancestors developed from lizards about 60 million years ago. A lot of evidence suggests that the first of them descended from burrowing lizards and lived in darkness. Vision was not very important to them. Later in their history, most of the snakes deserted their burrows and crawled forth to face the world. Sight then became an important feature and various species solved the problem to suit their way of life. Some developed round pupils, others slit pupils. But all of them developed eyelids that never close. Snake eyelids are transparent membranes, permanently sealed over the eyeballs. When a snake sheds his old skin, the glassy eyelids go with it. The discarded husk looks somewhat like a spacesuit belonging to some scaly alien, complete with sealed-in glassy goggles. A snake leads a scuffy life, crawling among spiky grasses and jagged stones. His special spectacles protect the surface of Ms vital eyeballs. But like the skin, they get a lot of daily wear and tear. Periodically, the snake grows a new skin and eyelids under the old ones - and discards his battered husk all in one piece. Under the transparent lid, the snake's eyeball moves around and also focuses to take in the view. It has a lens that thickens and thins to adjust to distances. Scientists have found that many daytime snakes have yellow-tinted lenses - which may cut the glare. The tints are somewhat similar to special spectacles that hunters use to reduce the uneven refractions from the violet end of the light spectrum. Most of the world's 2,400 snakes do their prowling by day and, as a rule, these species have round pupils. Those that do most of their hunting after dark usually have pupils shaped like vertical slits. Pupils of this type can be opened wide to admit every stray beam of dim light - or closed to reduce bright light to a minimum. Snakes with slit pupils include the boas and vipers, the rattlers and other pit vipers. There is every reason why these snaky characters should give us the shivers - the sort of shivers that send us scooting elsewhere. Snakes can see close objects clearly and in detail. But their vision tends to blur with distance. This suits a way of life in which the important items are close by. A snake depends on slow, silent stealth to sneak up on his prey - and a galloping gazelle in the distance is way beyond his range of existence. Questions asfted by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1971) AW OTHER tmCBS. eim) (THE WftfrrcjXWtogS TUMILEWEEDS-ly TOM K. RYAN tlONDII-By Chic Young I* IT WILL TKACH MS �U|I|I| MOT TO MAKE PROMISES* U'L ABNBR-By Al Copp ARCHII-By Bob Montana HI AND LOIS-By Dik Brown* I WISH VOU'D MAKE HIM WAIT TILL HE FINISHED THE CEREAL s-zx SHORT RIBS-By Frank O'Neal BUGS BUNNY ;